It’s a good question to ask from time to time. Or maybe a better one is, where are you coasting?
We all need breaks now and then. A horse can’t run all the time. Sometimes it has to walk. And I submit that we’re no different. Push too hard and too long and something’s got to give.
But sometimes our rests or breaks turn into long periods of coasting—or maybe even stagnation.The inertia can become habitual. Maybe not in every area of our life, but we need to be mindful of when we’re resting or coasting.
Economic recessions have a tendency to cause people and companies to pull back, play safe and not score too high on the “go for it” scale. And of course that makes the recession deeper and last even longer. In uncertain times, there's a propensity to coast. But coast too long and you may stop, or crash or get run over by a competitor.
In challenging economic times, our focus often goes to survival instead of growth. And survival seldom breeds breakthroughs.
Business and life is all about growth. And you're either green and growing or ripe and rotting. There is no status quo.
So the question is, where are you coasting? Where have you not been willing to sharpen, freshen or upgrade the value you deliver to the marketplace? Where have you cocooned in your comfort zone? What initiatives have been stifled?
Maybe you’re resting on your parenting skills. Perhaps you’ve taken your marriage for granted and not made enough of an effort to be a better partner. That extra weight you let creep up may be a signal that you’re slacking on your fitness commitments. And sometimes we just think because business is working that it’s good enough. It never is.
These are questions I'm asking myself about my life and about SuccessNet. I invite you to do the same about your life and business. The questions lead to clarity. And clarity leads to power.
Don’t make yourself wrong or beat yourself up for coasting. Just be honest with yourself. What you do next is what matters.